“For there is no light of justice or temperance, or any of the higher ideas which are precious to souls, in the earthly copies of them: they are seen through a glass, dimly…”
Socrates and his earnest friend Phaedrus, enjoying the Athenian equivalent of a lunchtime stroll in the park, exchange views on love and on the power of words, spoken and written.
Phaedrus is the most enchanting of Plato’s Erotic dialogues (capitalised in honour of the god). The barefoot philosopher urges an eager young acquaintance – who has allowed his lover’s oratorical skills to impress him overmuch – to re-examine the text of Lysias’s speech in the light of his own exalted (and Platonic) vision of Love.
Not long ago this early example of literary dismantling was itself deconstructed by a contemporary sage - Jacques Derrida.
The present reader tries to present Socrates as he conceivably was: the chortling, pot-bellied ex-soldier, a flirtatious yet charismatic talker with a serious passion for Truth. (Introduction by Martin Geeson)
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March 23, 2011 Subject:
Theatrical Reading by Martin Geeson
Martin Geeson's reading of Phaedrus is actually superb. In the first few minutes, I thought that his narration was a little bit over the top and quite camp, however as time started to pass I found that he reads at a wonderful pace with loads of expression in his voice, making it very easy to get into the characters. It is well worth listening to this reading.
Ever since reading Zen and The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig, I have always had a fascination with Phaedrus. Philosophers that make use of the Socratic method (a persuasive argument presented in the form of a dialogue) always make for pleasurable reading, appealing to people who enjoy stories and plays.